Tactical Strength Challenge: Recovery Basics

When we start training for the Tactical Strength Challenge (TSC), it’s likely that there are increases in overall volume of training – sessions take longer, weight gets heavier, reps go up, etc. This is especially true for those first-time competitors or those just starting to explore the world of kettlebell training. With this increase, we often forget what else has to increase – our recovery.

Aim for an Effective AND Efficient Workout

How nice would it be if the time we had to spend in the gym equaled the number of exercise variations? Trick question. It really wouldn’t be super great. Who wants to spend hours and hours in the gym? Personally, I’d rather be spending time outside, enjoying a craft beer with friends, cooking a new … Continue reading Aim for an Effective AND Efficient Workout

Progress Intelligently

If you do the same things you’ve always done, you will never change and grow and make progress to become different than you’ve been. As humans, we like comfort. We like routine and knowing what to expect. More than that, we like comfort physically. We avoid temperatures that are too hot or too cold, walking … Continue reading Progress Intelligently

Motivation: Your “Why” and The Bottom Line

We’ve set our “SMART” goals, making sure they’re realistic and neither too big nor too small. We’ve examined our sources of motivation, looking at both extrinsic and intrinsic types to ensure we have a couple of each. And yet, we’re still lacking motivation. It’s time to reconnect with your “why”. Our “why” is the underlying … Continue reading Motivation: Your “Why” and The Bottom Line

It’s the Climb.

Most times, we start our health and fitness journey with only the end goal in mind. It’s a shining light at the end of the tunnel, guiding us through and (ideally) giving us the motivation we need to succeed in our efforts. But that’s not the important part or where we will find success. The … Continue reading It’s the Climb.

Eating Healthy Isn’t Expensive

Time for another edition of Trainer Tough Love, since it’s been a little while. Both a conversation with a coworker and a recent tweet inspired today’s post. In both my personal experience and in working with clients, I would say lack of knowledge and cost are the two most common perceived barriers to eating healthier … Continue reading Eating Healthy Isn’t Expensive

Stretching the Truth

For as long as I’ve been participating in youth sports, 21 years, I’ve been told about the importance of stretching before exercise. Make sure you stretch so you don’t pull a muscle! I’ve seen pro athletes stretch on the side of the ice during a warm up. At one time, I’ve even used it in … Continue reading Stretching the Truth

If it’s not hell yes, it’s a no

Time for some Tuesday, trainer tough love. Every once in a while, I have a few topics that come up – either common misconceptions, ideas and exercises people get wrong, whatever they may be. We’re going to tackle these on Tuesdays with bonus articles. They might be what you want to hear. They might be … Continue reading If it’s not hell yes, it’s a no

Examine the Evidence: Research vs. Anecdotes

Now, by this time, you all know that I’m a big advocate for research and research-based information. However, I also don’t think that we can completely negate those things that may not be based in research, or at least not based in research yet. The average total time in review for a research paper is … Continue reading Examine the Evidence: Research vs. Anecdotes

Sleep Optimally

Monday morning: you’re jolted awake by a screeching alarm. After pressing snooze a handful of times, you’re forced into a rushed morning routine: shower, coffee, and breakfast in hand as you rush out the door. At work, you reach for more coffee, desperately looking to offset the effects of a lack of sleep the night … Continue reading Sleep Optimally